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Rory Gallagher: Stage Struck

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Rory GallagherStage StruckEagle Records2011At their peak, Rory Gallagher's live performances burned with a jaw- dropping intensity, none of which he frittered away with histrionics of any kind. Rather, the late Irish bluesman channeled his energy into his music, which is why the concert albums he released are among the best in his discography. In keeping with its dramatic title, Stage Struck is among that number.Opening with a frenzied rendition of “Shin Kicker," Gallagher and his stalwart rhythm section of bassist Gerry McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna play with such abandon, ...

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Rory Gallagher: Top Priority

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Rory GallagherTop PriorityEagle Records2012Rory Gallagher never made a bad album, but there are a select few recordings in his discography superior to the others. Top Priority is just one of those where the power of playing, enhanced by the production, in combination with the late guitarist's songwriting skills, renders it essential listening. It is, in fact, one of those Rory Gallagher discs worthy of play for the uninitiated, secure that, before it's over, that listener will hopefully understand why the late Irish guitarist garnered such a rabid following when ...

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Rory Gallagher: Against The Grain and Calling Card Reissues

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Guitarist Rory Gallagher produced (literally in most cases) a string of remarkably consistent studio albums during the course of a career that stretched from the early 1970s through to the 1990s. Eagle Records has reissued them all on compact disc and, though it's not wholly clear if the titles have been remastered again, and the pre-existing bonus tracks are generally the same, the cover graphics, including essays and photos, differ from the previously-released edition. The musical virtues of the original recordings, however, remain wholly intact. The fiery Irish guitarist brought a craftsmanlike approach to all these projects. The ...

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Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour '74

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Rory GallagherIrish Tour '74Eagle Video2011 However much acclaim he received during his lifetime, and to whatever extent his legacy has grown posthumously since his untimely death in 1995, guitarist Rory Gallagher will be best remembered for the feverish abandon of his live performances. Assembled with the same creative spark and attention to detail as the most recent archive releases, Irish Tour '74 reaffirms the Irish bluesman's direct connection to his fans, through the loyalty he demonstrated to his musical roots, without interruption, through his career. The bonus features on ...

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Rory Gallagher: Notes From San Francisco

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Rory GallagherNotes From San FranciscoEagle Rock2011 The level of excellence to which the archiving of singer/guitarist Rory Gallagher's canon has risen lately, on audio and video, hits another peak with Notes From San Francisco. Consisting of an entire, previously unreleased studio album, plus outtakes, in addition to a complete, previously unreleased concert recording, this double CD package also shows the attention to detail aficionados love--and which the nascent devotee of the late Irish bluesman will find enticing. The studio portion of the set, recorded on the cusp of 1977-1978 ...

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Rory Gallagher: Ghost Blues & The Beat Club Sessions: The Story Of Rory Gallagher

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Rory GallagherGhost Blues & The Beat Club Sessions: The Story of Rory GallagherEagle Video2010 Guitarist Rory Gallagher never wanted to be a star. He only wanted to make music on his own terms and have the opportunity to play that music for an audience who would genuinely appreciate it. Watching the double DVD set Ghost Blues and The Beat Sessions illustrates the Irish-born blues-rocker's success on those terms he set for himself so emphatically, and to which he remained loyal throughout his career. Director Ian Thullier does a remarkable ...

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Rory Gallagher: Crest of A Wave: The Best of Rory Gallagher

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Even a died-in-the-wool Rory Gallagher aficionado may wonder if there is really a need for another anthology of the man's work. But the late Irish blues-rocker never did get the attention he deserved and remains an unsung hero of the blues-rock genre even to this day.

Certain previous anthologies, even the sumptuously-packaged, 5.1 SuperAudio formatted Big Guns (Sony/BMG, 2005) found some disfavor with consumers due to sound quality concerns and this one suffers somewhat in that respect too. Granted, the overly-trebly texture might suit the somewhat antique nature of the music, but it doesn't fully allow the display of dynamics ...

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Rory Gallagher: Live In Cork

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Rory Gallagher Live In Cork Eagle Vision 2009

A true labor of love, Live In Cork (previously released on VHS as Messin' With The Kid) functions as a salute to the late guitarist and singer Rory Gallagher, a travelogue to the Irish city and a celebration of the bluesman's homecoming. The well-wrought graphics of the DVD menu aren't mere niceties but an extension of the colorful adventure that was Gallagher's career as one of the greatest, albeit relatively unsung, blues-rock musicians of our time.

Rory Gallagher was unique among guitar ...

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Rory Gallagher: Live at Rockpalast

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Rory Gallagher Live at Rockpalast 1976-1990 Eagle Vision 2007

In nearly ten hours of footage, Live at Rockpalast 1976-1990 offers a varied perspective of Irish bluesman Rory Gallagher because its performances, filmed at various venues over a fifteen-year period, are just part of a complete package.

The interview included on the first of three discs furnishes something of a belated introduction to the artist that is the subject of the set. Graciously fielding some truly inane questions from the host of the German TV series, Gallagher nonetheless gives sincere answers, emphasizing the importance of ...

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Rory Gallagher: Big Guns

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Rory Gallagher Big Guns: The Very Best of Rory Gallagher Sony/BMG/Legacy 2005

Rory Gallagher is the unsung hero of contemporary blues-rock guitar. Unlike his peers who compromised their loyalty to the genre for the sake of commercial acceptance( Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page for example) the feisty Irishman wouldn't allow any singles to be culled from his albums. In contrast to the stylistic jazz-rock leaps of Jeff Beck, Gallagher remained a steadfast devotee of flinty blues-based rock throughout his career. And unlike the shooting star that was Jimi Hendrix, even though Rory ...



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